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Talisker 1955/1993

(53.6%, Gordon & MacPhail Cask Series, C#1310+1311+1257)
Average Score: 92
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
BottlerGordon & MacPhail
RangeCask Series
Brand NameTalisker
Year Distilled1955
Year Bottled1993
Alcohol By Volume53.6%
Cask Number#1310+1311+1257
Average Score92

Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin91
Olivier Humbrecht92
Robert Karlsson94
Krishna Nukala94
Pit Krause92
Thomas Lipka91
Keith Wood94

Retired Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel90
Bert Bruyneel90

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonWow, crazy sherry intensity. So lively. Gunpowder/matches of the very good kind spices it up. Ripe fruits in there also, below the sherry and spices. Wood, earthy peat. Staggering nose. Tastewise fully in balance. Awesome! The spent matches really spices it up and makes it SO lovely, loads of sherry influence, the ripe fruits, plums, raisin. Dry, long (very) aftertaste. Leather. Tobacco. Super.
Krishna NukalaWell, this is from the year of my birth and I am prejudiced to give a point or two more! Hints of smoke and mild peat lurking behind luxuriant fruits like passion fruit and lots of dried fruits. Complex nose. More complex on palate with extremely sweet sherry and huge finish that is ever alsting
Keith WoodColour: Dark, liquid raisins - Nose: Raisins, prunes, rich old oak and a hint of molasses. - Palate: Wow! This is rich and smooth. It has everything promised by the nose; raisins, prunes and currants, but much more too as it expands into an unbelievable Christmas Pudding flavour. I want to say it also has nuts and marzipan, but not quite. Those can be delicate flavours but there is nothing delicate about this dram. It is full-power, in your face and totally UN-subtle. If I were given this blind, I would probably never guess it was a Talisker, but I would say it was old, maybe older than the 38y that it is. I have tried the 40y Dalmore and I may suggest this were a similar dram, but even older. - With water: Just a few drops of water in about 2cl brings out more oak on the nose. As for flavour; possibly even more intense, but smoother. It is almost toasted raisins! - Overall Impression: Wonderful! A real experience. dark, rich and unbelievably powerful in flavour.